Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say there is an 80 percent chance that an area of disturbed weather between Honduras and Grand Cayman that developed into a tropical depression today will become the first named storm of the season. Then if it forms, it could wobble into the Gulf.
“That could be a real problem if a hurricane goes to the west of where most of the oil is,” U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida said. “All of the siphoning operation that is going on now … would have to stop for five days before the hurricane and five days after the hurricane.
“At 60,000 barrels a day, that’s a whole lot of additional oil in the Gulf.”
Nelson said he is worried about the effects any tropical system could have on oil already blackening some Panhandle beaches.
“If a hurricane takes it across the beach and into the wetlands and inlands, that’s going to be adding all the more insult to injury that we have already,” the senator said.
And here we go. From now to October.
Hopefully this first one will lose strength at the Yucatan Peninsula.